US President Trump's executive order is deeply worrying

​On 27 January US President Donald Trump issued an executive order that had immediate effect on citizens of seven predominantly muslim countries. Chalmers University of Technology is deeply worried about the effect this order will have on the free movement of people and free exchange of knowledge.
​The order, temporarily preventing entrance into the US of persons from seven Muslim-majority countries, has a direct and devastating effect on free movement and, consequently, on international academic collaboration and exchange.

One of Chalmers University of Technology’s own staff members, a PhD student, was among the first to be affected. He boarded a plane with all the documentation required for an extended stay at an American university. Upon his arrival in the US, the situation had changed. Not only was he denied entry, but he was treated like a criminal and in the end, 20 hours later, put on a plane back to Sweden.

Other Chalmers University of Technology researchers have opted not to submit papers to conferences in the US since there is no guarantee that they will be admitted into the country even if their paper is accepted.

As a university and an employer, Chalmers University of Technology would like to express sincere sympathy with those who have been affected. Chalmers University of Technology also supports the statements made by the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) and international associations such as the European Universities Association (EUA) and the International Association of Universities (IAU). (See links below)

Stefan Bengtsson
President, Chalmers University of Technology


Read also:
Statement from Sveriges universitets- och högskoleförbund, SUHF: SUHF om USA:s inreseförbud (in Swedish)

Statement from European University Association, EUA: European universities call for immediate rethinking of Trump’s executive order

Statement from International Association of Universities, IAU: IAU calls for the withdrawal of the order banning citizens of 7 countries from entering the US


Published: Fri 03 Feb 2017.